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its effect, or absence of effect, upon the sovereignty of the members. The articles of the Covenant are taken up in succession and considered in order to make clear their meaning, their purpose, and the necessity or propriety of their provisions.
Since few people preserve newspaper letters after reading them, it has been thought wise to republish the series as a whole, and hence this little book. In the newspapers the names of the four writers were stated, but not the authors of the several letters. It may be of interest to give these in the table of contents of this edition.
In order that the reader may be enabled to judge readily for himself how far the meaning of the provisions has been correctly understood, and the conclusions rightly drawn, the full text of the Covenant is printed herewith.
June 20, 1919.